The Sci arc 1A Design Studio Class under the supervision of the professors Andy Ku, Marcos Sanchez and Jenny Wu fabricated an utterly advanced parametric modelling installation that followed a developed collaborative process which merged a culmination of the skin & shape design.

Arch2o-Laminar Flow Sci-arc 1A Design Studio Class (4)

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It is a rather complex structural frame development, due to the advanced fabrication acquisition of materials. Additionally it follows an essential process, starting with sophisticated paper sculptures handcrafted by each student, then focusing on smaller group models informed though by the original geometries & varied in a wide range of ways.

Arch2o-Laminar Flow Sci-arc 1A Design Studio Class (6)

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Finally it concludes to the actual construction of the installation. As far as the concept is concerned, it functions as an experiential three dimensional graphic of people’s Laminar Flow through the entry. The Laminar Flow defines as the indexical impedance of flow as fluid motions within a “space”. In this case “the fluid being people & the space being the entry”.

Arch2o-Laminar Flow Sci-arc 1A Design Studio Class (5)

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The installazione actually consists of 57 plywood profiles hand cut into an internal truss mechanism of 132 disparate pieces, all interlocked together, with a total of 6000 notches, which allows the 3950 linear feet of hand cut 1/4″x1/4″ basswood strips to be linked directly to the profiles. This masterpiece constitutes a very powerful structural system with a high level of material efficiency.

By Depy Charalampidou

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